Let's look at Latino views on economic issues. An American National Elections Study asked a question about free market vs. government solutions. Only 17.9 of Hispanics responded "the less government the better," and 83.3% said that strong government involvement is required to handle economic problems.
Policymakers should read the studies by Cuban exile scholar Jose Azel that probe into Hispanic attitudes and history. He concludes that the sociopolitical heritage from Spain plus the post-colonial experience of Latin America have led Latinos to view government very differently from the principles of limited government enunciated and adopted by our Founding Fathers.
Then there is the matter of assimilation in the American identity. Yes, the Irish and Italians assimilated into the American culture very well, but assimilation of the Irish and Italians absolutely depended on stopping the entry of more new foreigners, which the United States did in the 1920s. That's the bottom line of what we must do today; close our borders to illegal entry. Since we haven't done that, there isn't any real evidence of Mexican assimilation similar to the Irish and Italian assimilation.
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